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Vascellaro surpasses 1,000 career points as Holy Angels breezes past Minnehaha Academy

By Ben Grundhauser, SportsEngine, 12/03/19, 11:30AM CST

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The trio of Francesca Vascellaro, Kassandra Caron and Rachel Kawiecki scored a combined 51 points to help the Stars defeat the Redhawks.

Francesca Vascellaro (1) led a break in the second half of Holy Angels' 97-55 victory over Minnehaha Academy. Vascellaro scored 16 points and reached 1,000 for her career. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Francesca Vascellaro (1) led a break in the second half of Holy Angels' 97-55 victory over Minnehaha Academy. Vascellaro scored 16 points and reached 1,000 for her career. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

She needed just five points. That’s all Francesca Vascellaro required to become part of the 1,000-point club.

With 9:14 remaining in the first half, she accomplished that feat. 

The junior standout connected on a turnaround jumper, giving Holy Angels, ranked No. 3 in Class 3A by Minnesota Basketball News, a 25-18 lead over Minnehaha Academy in what would become a 97-55 blowout victory in Richfield for the defending Class 3A, Section 3 champion.

“I don’t think it has really settled in yet,” Vascellaro said. “ I’m so proud of what I have done so far, and I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.” 

Vascellaro, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds, added that having the support of her teammates has allowed her to have so much success.

Rachel Kawiecki (34) got her shot off against Minnehaha Academy's Kate Pryor (23). Kawiecki had 17 points and nine rebounds for Holy Angels. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

Rachel Kawiecki (34) got her shot off against Minnehaha Academy's Kate Pryor (23). Kawiecki had 17 points and nine rebounds for Holy Angels. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine

First Report

Holy Angels ran past Minnehaha Academy 97-55 in a battle of Class 3A and 2A elites on Tuesday night at the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield.

Francesca Vascellaro powered the way for the Stars (3-1, 0-0), totaling 16 points and eight rebounds, and in the process, suprassing 1,000 career points. Teammate Kassondra Caron posted 18 points, while Rachel Kawiecki added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Minnehaha Academy (2-2, 0-0) relied on three-point shooting early on, with its first two-point basket coming with just 5:49 left in the first half. 

Mia Curtis tallied 18 points and five rebounds to pace the Redhawks, who are ranked No. 8 in Class 2A by Minnesota Basketball News, while Tanna Gallo added 18 points, while knocking down five three-pointers.

The No. 3-3A Stars got out to a fast start, leading 27-18 through the first 10 minutes of play, and never looked back.

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